Dr Hari Singh Nalwa

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Dr Hari Singh Nalwa

Dr. Hari Singh Nalwa is the President & CEO of American Scientific Publishers (www.aspbs.com) based in Los Angeles, California, USA which he founded in 2000. He belongs to Soop village of Baghpat district in Uttar Pradesh (UP). He is a citizen of the United States of America.

President and CEO - American Scientific Publishers (www.aspbs.com)

Dr. Nalwa is the President and CEO of American Scientific Publishers (www.aspbs.com). He played a critical role in promoting and defining the field of nanotechnology and is one of the world's leading experts in this research field. He is distinguished around the world as a scientist, businessman, publisher, prolific author, and editor after three decades of vigorous work and dedication.

Early Life

Dr. Nalwa was born into a farmer family in a small remote village Soop of the Baghpat District in Uttar Pradesh (UP), India. Both of his parents (father: Kadam Singh and mother: Sukh Devi) were illiterate. He was born with the name “Hari Singh.” He greatly admired Hari Singh Nalwa (1791–1837), a Commander-in-Chief of the Khalsa, the army of the Sikh Empire. In high school, he decided to add “Nalwa” (which means tiger) to the end of his name, even though his original last name is Tomar therefore, his full name should be “Hari Singh Tomar” (where Tomar is his gotra, or clan).

Education and Work

Dr. Nalwa received a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in bio-sciences (chemistry, zoology, and botany) from the Meerut University in 1974, a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Organic Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Roorkee in 1977, and his PhD degree in Polymer Science/Physical Organic Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at New Delhi in 1983. His PhD thesis research focused on the electrical conductivity, dielectric properties, thermally stimulated depolarization (TSD) currents, ferroelectric/pyroelectric properties of macromolecular systems including thiourea-based polymers and metallophthalocyanines. Since then, his research activities and professional career have been devoted to the studies of electronic and photonic materials. He started his career as a guest scientist at the Hahn Meitner Institute (HMI) in West Berlin, West Germany (1983–1984), and thereafter moved to the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California (1984–1987) as a research associate. After a three-year stay at USC, he moved to the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo (1987–1988) to work in the field of nonlinear optics. In 1988, he joined the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology in Tokyo, Japan, as a lecturer/assistant professor where he researched conducting polymers and organic materials for second-order nonlinear optics and taught some classes (1988–1990). In October 1990, he joined Hitachi Research Laboratory (Omika-cho, Hitachi City, Ibaraki), Hitachi Ltd., Japan (1990–1999), as a staff scientist. He was the first foreigner ever to have a permanent job at Hitachi Ltd. While working at Hitachi Ltd., he was concurrently an honorary visiting professor at IIT Delhi. He resigned from Hitachi Ltd. in 1999 and returned to the United States to provide his children an American education. He worked as the head of department and R&D manager at Ciba Specialty Chemical Corporation (Ciba-Geigy, Switzerland) in Los Angeles, California for a year (1999-2000), thereafter, he resigned to start his own business entitled "American Scientific Publishers" (www.aspbs.com) focused on nanotechnology.

Research Expertise

Dr. Nalwa’s research experience includes ferroelectric polymers, electrically conducting polymers, polymer electrets, nonlinear optical materials for integrated optics, ab initio calculations, electroluminescent materials, low and high dielectric constant materials for microelectronics packaging, organic semiconductors, nanocrystalline and nanostructured materials, Langmuir-Blodgett films, high-temperature resistant polymer composites, epoxy-based photopolymers, rapid modeling, and stereolithography. He has made outstanding contributions to a wide spectrum of research areas from polymer science to materials science to nanotechnology and published many outstanding research papers and books. The "Handbook of Advanced Electronic and Photonic Materials and Devices", 10-Volume Set edited by Dr. Nalwa was published by Academic Press in 2001.

(1) CONDUCTING POLYMERS: Dr. Nalwa has worked on a variety of electrically conducting polymers including polyacetylene, poly(diacetylene), polypyrrole, polythiophene, polyfuran, polyaniline, and heteroaromatic ladder polymers, their copolymers, and their-based composites. The "Handbook of Organic Conductive Molecules and Polymers" (4-Volume Set, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1997) edited by Dr. Nalwa, is a major reference source that has received much attention from researchers and professionals working in the field of conducting polymers.

(2) NONLINEAR OPTICS: Dr. Nalwa worked for over a decade in the field of nonlinear optics (NLO), focused on the synthesis, characterization, ab initio calculations, and study of second- and third-order NLO properties of organic materials, including aromatic polyureas, polyazine, polythiophene, porphyrazine, metallophthalocyanine, and naphthalocyanine derivatives. The book entitled "Nonlinear Optics of Organic Molecules and Polymers", edited by H. S. Nalwa and S. Miyata, published by CRC Press in 1997, is one of the top reference sources in this research field.

(3) NANOTECHNOLOGY: In 1992, in a collaboration between Hitachi Research Laboratory, Hitachi Ltd., and Research Institute for Polymers and Textiles at Tsukuba Science City, Dr. Nalwa worked for one year on the synthesis of nano/microcrystals of organic conjugated chromophores. This was the first exposure of Dr. Nalwa to nanostructured materials/nanotechnology when only a handful of scientists around the world were involved in the field of nanotechnology. Thereafter, he has published many outstanding major-reference books, encyclopedias, and review articles focused on emerging new aspects of nanotechnology including toxicological impact of nanomaterials on human health and the environment, applications of nanotechnology in cancer diagnosis and therapy, nano-energy, applications of biomaterials in nanobiotechnology, soft nanomaterials, and nanodrugs, etc. Dr. Nalwa has edited 60 books in the field of nanotechnology. The "Handbook of Nanostructured Materials and Nanotechnology" (5 Volumes, Academic Press, San Diego, 2000) edited by Dr. Nalwa, was the first multi-volume handbook ever published in the field of nanotechnology. Likely, the "Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology" (25 Volumes, American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles, 2004/2011) edited by Dr. Nalwa, is the one and only such major landmark reference work in the world.

Research Publications

Working for over 30 years, Dr. Nalwa has authored over 150 scientific articles, 25 book chapters, 18 patents (Hitachi Ltd., Japan), and 114 scientific books in the fields of nanotechnology, materials science and polymer science mainly focused on functional electronic and photonic materials and their-based device applications. Dr. Nalwa is an international authority and an expert in editing multivolume major reference works, he has written and edited/co-edited 114 (single-volume) scientific books for the scientific community, and he is one of the most cited scientists in the world. His great reputation in the scientific community is evident by a long list of research publications, multivolume scientific books and encyclopedias that he has published in crossdisciplinary research areas of nanotechnology, materials science, polymer science, biological sciences, chemistry, and physics.

114 Scientific Books Edited/Co-edited

(1) H. S. Nalwa (Editor), Ferroelectric Polymers: Chemistry, Physics and Applications (Marcel Dekker, New York, NY, 1995)
(2) H. S. Nalwa (Editor), Handbook of Organic Conductive Molecules and Polymers, 4-Volume Set (John Wiley & Sons, New York, NY, 1997)
(3) H. S. Nalwa and S. Miyata (Editors), Nonlinear Optics of Organic Molecules and Polymers (CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 1997)
(4) S. Miyata and H. S. Nalwa (Editors), Organic Electroluminescent Materials and Devices (Gordon & Breach, Switzerland, 1997)
(5) H. S. Nalwa (Editor), Handbook of Low and High Dielectric Constant Materials and Their Applications, 2-Volume Set (Academic Press, San Diego, USA, 1999)
(6) H. S. Nalwa (Editor), Handbook of Nanostructured Materials and Nanotechnology, 5-Volume Set (Academic Press, San Diego, USA, 1999).
Foreword by: Professor George Olah, Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry (University of Southern California, USA)
(7) H. S. Nalwa (Editor), Handbook of Advanced Electronic and Photonic Materials and Devices, 10-Volume Set (Academic Press, San Diego, USA, 2000).
Foreword by: Professor Nicolaas Bloembergen, Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics (Harvard University, USA)
(8) H. S. Nalwa (Editor), Handbook of Thin Films Materials, 5-Volume Set (Academic Press, San Diego, USA, 2001)
(9) H. S. Nalwa (Editor), Handbook of Surfaces and Interfaces of Materials, 5-Volume Set (Academic Press, San Diego, USA, 2001)
(10) H. S. Nalwa (Editor), Advanced Functional Molecules and Polymers, 4-Volume Set (Gordon & Breach, Switzerland, 2001)
(11) H. S. Nalwa (Editor), Silicon-Based Materials and Devices, 2-Volume Set (Academic Press, San Diego, USA, 2001)
(12) H. S. Nalwa (Editor), Photodetectors and Fiber Optics (Academic Press, San Diego, USA, 2001)
(13) H. S. Nalwa (Editor), Supramolecular Photosensitive and Electroactive Materials (Academic Press, San Diego, USA, 2001)
(14) H. S. Nalwa (Editor), Semiconductors and Semimetals, Vol. 73 (Academic Press, San Diego, USA, 2001)
(15) H. S. Nalwa (Editor), Advances in Surface Science, Vol. 38 (Academic Press, San Diego, USA, 2001)
(16) H. S. Nalwa (Editor), Nanostructured Materials and Nanotechnology - Concise Edition (Academic Press, San Diego, USA, 2001)
(17) H. S. Nalwa (Editor), Magnetic Nanostructures, First Edition (American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles, California, 2002)
(18) S. K. Tripathy, J. Kumar, and H. S. Nalwa (Editors), Handbook of Polyelectrolytes and Their Applications, 3-Volume Set (American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles, California, 2002).
Foreword by: Professor Alan G. MacDiarmid, Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
(19) H. S. Nalwa and L. S. Rohwer (Editors), Handbook of Luminescence, Display Materials and Devices, 3-Volume Set (American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles, California, 2003).
Foreword by: Professor Alan J. Heeger, Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry (University of California Santa Barbara, USA)
(20) H. S. Nalwa (Editor), Handbook of Photochemistry and Photobiology, 4-Volume Set (American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles, California, 2003).
Foreword by: Professor Jean-Marie Lehn, Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry (University of Louis Pasteur, France)
(21) H. S. Nalwa (Editor), Handbook of Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Materials and Nanocomposites, 2-Volume Set (American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles, California, 2003)
(22) S. Bandopadhyay and H. S. Nalwa (Editors), Quantum Dots and Nanowires (American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles, California, 2003)
(23) H. S. Nalwa (Editor), Nanoclusters and Nanocrystals (American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles, California 2003)
(24) H. S. Nalwa (Editor), Polymer Optical Fibers (American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles, California, 2004)
(25) H. S. Nalwa (Editor), Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 10-Volume Set, Volumes 1-10 (American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles, California, 2004).
Foreword by: Professor Richard E. Smalley, Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry (Rice University, USA)
(26) H. S. Nalwa (Editor), Handbook of Nanostructured Biomaterials and Their Applications in Nanobiotechnology, 2-Volume Set (American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles, California, 2005)
(27) H. S. Nalwa (Editor), Polymeric Nanostructures and Their Applications, 2-Volume Set (American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles, California, 2007)
(28) H. S. Nalwa (Editor), Handbook of Organic Electronics and Photonics, 3-Volume Set (American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles, California, 2008)
(29) H. S. Nalwa and T. J. Webster (Editors), Cancer Nanotechnology: Nanomaterials for Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy (American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles, California, 2008)
(30) Y. L. Zhao and H. S. Nalwa (Editors), Nanotoxicology: Interactions of Nanomaterials with Biological Systems (American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles, California, 2008)
(31) K. Ariga and H. S. Nalwa (Editors), Bottom-up Nanofabrication: Supramolecules, Self-Assembly and Organized Films, 6-Volume Set (American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles, California, 2009)
(32) N. He and H. S. Nalwa (Editors), Biochips Nanotechnology (American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles, California, 2009)
(33) A. K. Mohanty, M. Misra, and H. S. Nalwa (Editors), Packaging Nanotechnology (American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles, California, 2009)
(34) H. S. Nalwa (Editor), Magnetic Nanostructures, Second Edition (American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles, California, 2009)
(35) H. S. Nalwa (Editor), Soft Nanomaterials, 2-Volume Set (American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles, California, 2009)
(36) T. Y. Tseng and H. S. Nalwa (Editors), Handbook of Nanoceramics and Their Based Nanodevices, 5-Volume Set (American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles, California, 2009)
(37) H. S. Nalwa (Editor), Nanomaterials for Energy Applications (American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles, California, 2009)
(38) Y. Lin and H. S. Nalwa (Editors), Handbook of Electrochemical Nanotechnology, 2-Volume Set (American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles, California, 2009)
(39) H. S. Nalwa (Editor), Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 15-Volume Set, Volumes 11-25 (American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles, California, 2011)

Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 25 Volumes (www.aspbs.com/enn)

The World's first Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 10-Volume Set (www.aspbs.com/enn) edited by Hari Singh Nalwa, Foreword by Professor Richard E. Smalley, Nobel Prize Laureate, Endorsed by Professor Jean-Marie Lehn, Nobel Prize Laureate) published by American Scientific Publishers (www.aspbs.com) received the "2005 Best Reference Work Award" of the American Society for Engineering Education (USA) and was also selected as the "2005 Outstanding Academic Title" by the CHOICE magazine from the American Library Association (USA).

This was the first encyclopedia ever published in the field of nanotechnology. Again, 15 more volumes of the Encylopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology edited by Dr. Nalwa was published in 2011. With the addition of 15 new volumes (volumes 11–25), the entire 25-volume set now contains the largest number of review chapters ever published in the field of nanotechnology. This 25-volume encyclopedia contains over 710 state-of-the-art review chapters organized in an A–Z format to provide complete coverage of advanced research in all nanotechnology-related fields such as chemistry, physics, materials science, engineering, and medicine. The review chapters are contributed by over 2,000 of the world’s leading scientists from top-notch academic and industrial institutions worldwide. This 25-volume encyclopedia now contains 710 review chapters including 150,000 bibliographic citations and thousands of illustrations, figures, tables, and equations covering nearly 20,000 pages. There is no match for this landmark 25-volumemajor reference work, as this is the only encyclopedia of this size in the world in the field of nanotechnology.

Endorsement/Reviews:

(1) "The Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology is the world's first single most comprehensive reference source ever published in the field of nanotechnology. This encyclopedia is an indispensable source for any research professional as well as for technology investors and developers seeking up-to-date information on the nanotechnology among a wide range of disciplines from science to engineering to medicine. It should inspire future generations of academic and industrial researchers who endeavor to develop new nanoscale materials and devices."

Professor Richard E. Smalley, Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry

(2) "In view of the great interest that Nanoscience and Nanotechnology are attracting, the rapid development they are experiencing and of the profound impact they will have, an Encyclopedia covering this field is most welcome. It should become a source of inspiration as well as of information for a very wide range of scientists."

Professor Jean-Marie Lehn, Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry

(3) "American Scientific Publisher's Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology is an excellent scientific encyclopedia. It provides an excellent breath and depth of information that is particularly suited to benefit a broad spectrum of non-professional and professional researchers...it is an excellent set that should provide sound information for several years to come."

Alice Trussell, Director, Kansas State University Fiedler Engineering Library, USA, E-STREAMS Vol. 7, September 2004

Editor-in-Chief and Scholarly Activities

Dr. Nalwa is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (www.aspbs.com/jnn), Advanced Science Letters (www.aspbs.com/science), and Advanced Science, Engineering and Medicine (www.aspbs.com/asem). He is well known throughout scientific community for his monumental editorial work on "Handbook of Nanostructured Materials and Nanotechnology" (5-Volume Set, Academic Press, San Diego, USA, 1999) which received the "Award of Excellence" from the Association of American Publishers. After the publication of this multivolume handbook, he started the most ambitious publication project of the Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in summer 2000 to bring the World's first encyclopedia in the field of nanotechnology. Dr. Nalwa is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines published by John Wiley (1997-2000). He has served on the editorial board of Journal of Macromolecular Science-Physics, Applied Organometallic Chemistry (1993-1999), International Journal of Photoenergy, and Photonics Science News. He has been a referee for many international journals that includes Journal of American Chemical Society, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, Chemistry of Materials, Journal of Materials Science, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, Applied Organometallic Chemistry, Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines, Journal of Macromolecular Science-Physics, Applied Physics, Materials Research Bulletin, Optical Communications, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology.

Dr. Nalwa helped organize the First International Symposium on the Crystal Growth of Organic Materials (Tokyo,1989) and the Second International Symposium on Phthalocyanines (Edinburgh,1998) under the auspices of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He also proposed a the first conference on porphyrins and phthalocyanines to the scientific community that, in part, was intended to promote public awareness of the Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines, which he founded in 1996 and remained the Editor-in-Chief until December 2000. As a member of the organizing committee, he helped effectuate the First International Conference on Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines, which was held in Dijon, France in 2000. He was on the organizing committee of the BioMEMS and Smart Nanostructures, (December 17 19, 2001, Adelaide, Australia).

Managing Editor

Dr. Nalwa is the managing editor for all scientific/technical/medical journals, encyclopedias, and books at the American Scientific Publishers.

Awards/Honors

Dr. Nalwa received the "Award of Excellence" from the Association of American Publishers for his editorial work on "Handbook of Nanostructured Materials and Nanotechnology" (5-Volume Set, Academic Press, San Diego, USA, 1999). The World's first Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (10-Volume Set, American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles, USA, 2004) edited by Dr. Nalwa received the "2005 Best Reference Work Award" of the American Society for Engineering Education (USA) and was also selected as the "2005 Outstanding Academic Title" by the CHOICE magazine from the American Library Association (USA).

Dr. Nalwa has been cited in the "Who’s Who in Science and Engineering", "Who’s Who in America", "Who’s Who in the World", "Dictionary of International Biography" and "2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century Order of Excellence and “Top 100 Scientists-2008” (International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England).

Scholarships

Dr. Nalwa has been awarded a number of prestigious fellowships including National Merit Scholarship – Government of India (1970-1974), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Fellowship – India (1978-1982), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Senior Fellowship –India (1982-1983), NEC Fellowship – Japan (1988-1990) and Japanese Government Science & Technology Agency Fellowship–Japan (1988-1990).

External Links

(1) The Nano Man from India: In Celebration of the 60th Birthday of Dr. Hari Singh Nalwa, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, volume 14, pp.1-14 (2014);
(2) American Scientific Publishers (www.aspbs.com);
(3) Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 25-Volume Set (www.aspbs.com/enn);
(4) Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (www.aspbs.com/jnn);
(5) Advanced Science Letters (www.aspbs.com/science);
(6) Advanced Science, Engineering and Medicine (www.aspbs.com/asem); and
(7) Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.org)

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